Thanks to your generosity we have reached our target in record time! We are now able to pay off the last two thirds of the little holland beater and concentrate on making great paper- what we do best. This in itself is priceless!
Now the campaign continues and...WE ARE TRYING TO REACH A NEW TARGET OF 7500 EUROS!
Because we believe with a few more resources we can go still further. Because we are in a hurry to improve. We want to do so many things and Christmas is around the corner!;-)
With your help, what more could we do?
1. Pay the people who have worked for free on our project. Such as Laura Otalora, who edited our video, Claire Robinson, who helped translate our texts into English and Delphine Lebedan, who contributed the illustration.
2. Make new shapes (the mould which we use to make the paper). We want to make cute little ones to use in our kids workshops!.
3. Buy a manual paper chopper for the recycled paper workshops we do with schools.
4. Also an ampermetre for the big machine. This will help us further refine the pulp paper.
...And whether we achieve our new objective or not, you know what else we want to do?
You have shown that your generosity has no limits so...we want to collaborate with other crowdfunding projects to share the good luck we have had!
For sure, there will be NEW INCENTIVES and also, GIFTS for all who make a second donation!.
BON VOYAGE DEAR FRIENDS!
Toni, Mamen and Jordi. Sastres Paperers
Sastres Paperers, sc is a small company recently created, but with 30 years of experience in the manufacture of handmade paper behind us. Our project has cultural and social applications and is based around three pillars:
Paper craft production for the fine art market from our brand AQUARI PAPER
Promoting the craft via organization of courses and workshops for groups and activities for schools and receiving visits to our mill.
The training in the profession of people with disabilities through collaboration with several specialized centers of the county such Fundació Autisme Mas Casadevall with whom we collaborate, advise and have done teacher training for over 25 years.
Sastres Paperers sc, manages (in partnership with the County Council of the Pla de l'Estany) El Molí de la Farga, a traditional paper mill located in a public building that is over 300 years old.
Why have we come to Verkami?
We obtain the pulp to make paper from natural vegetable fibress. They are annual growth plants such as cotton, linen, hemp, etc. We use a type of mill called hollander beater that transforms these fibres in the paper pulp with which we form our papers. Currently we have a mill of large capacity (300 liters), suitable for large productions but not for experimentation, small orders and / or training courses.
With your contribution, we will be able to pay 70% of the acquisition cost of a small hollander beater. The remaining 30%, we have already advanced as prepaid. Its small size will allow us to experiment with the papermaking fibres and other materials to improve both the quality and diversity of the paper we make.
Moreover, this machine will improve the content of the activities for the promotion of the trade, so that we can prepare small samples of different fibre pulp, and customize for individual. It is ideal for explaining the technological characteristics of a paper mill, and will allow us to travel to schools or craft fairs in which we participate.
About us, Sastres Paperers sc.
Toni Sardà (1958): Master craftsman.Manager of Aquari Paper Mill (1983-2013), the company origin of our project. Nowadays, Aquari Paper is the name of the brand of our papers. Selftaught.He has devoted a lifetime to paper.
At present, he is fighting a disease. But still active and collaborating as much as possible.
Jordi Torrent (1976): Papermaking craftsman. Passionate captain of this ship and, although sometimes he causes a storm, he knows very well the direction and the speed. He worked with Toni Sardà for the last 6 years. He is the official "Mcguiver" and, under protest, in charge of order and the cleaning of the mill.
What he says not talking, he does singing and playing guitar in a rock band.
Mamen Cagigós (1969): Educator & coordinator of crafts and activities . She encharts children who visit the mill with her smile and awakens in them the desire to learn and play with paper. She completes the pieces of the puzzle.
She is mother of two girls who keep her in shape mentally and physically.
Our deep rooted culture has made us who we are. Our very fibres home become interwined with a passion for paper and crafts. We have a natural love for challenges and... we want to tell the world!
We are short of time, we have plenty of humor and a madness needed kick to to start a project like this. Do you want to participate?
Why would I want to collaborate?
We have thought about these whys, if you have others, tell us, we love contributions!
-Because your contribution means that paper crafts remain alive and helps popularize a craft that is a living testimony to the manufacturing industrial tradition of our county.
-Because you will participating in culture. Art is one of the many manifestations of culture. Artists from around the world expresse themselves using the paper we make.
-Because we want to improve as a company and your contribution will help us with both the quality and the diversity of our paper, as well as the cultural activities and workshops that we offer to give continuity to this trade to new generations and anyone who is interested.
-Because you'll support our collaboration with centers and people with disabilities.
-Because you help to minimize the environmental impact. We make paper with cotton and other vegetable fibres (flax, hemp, esparto ....) and do not add any extras at the time of processing. With our paper making, it is not necessary to cut down trees or employ costly bleaching processes of the fibres.
About the rewards
We can offer a wide range of rewards for individuals, groups, companies, associations or schools. We will begin to deliver as soon as we receive the mill. Some of the rewards must be agreed upon with each of the patrons (visits, workshops).
Illustration reward. (25 €) Work by Delphine Labedan
Web Molí de la Farga
Facebook Molí de la Farga
Facebook Aquari Paper
"Aquí la tierra", reportatge de TV1 sobre la nostra feina
"Els últims artesans", reportatge de TV3 a l'antic molí Aquari
Company who builts the small hollander beaters
Thanks to Claire Robinson.The english version needed your help!